Why choose physiotherapy for your dog

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Canine Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can benefit a wide range of patients from household pets, show dogs, police dogs, racing greyhounds, gun dogs and agility dogs.


Whether it be maintenance treatments, rehabilitation post injury/surgery, conservative treatment to try and avoid surgery or pain management to improve quality of life 2tracks Vet Physio is able to help.

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Common conditions treated with Physiotherapy

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cruciate ligament disease and patella luxation

  • Elbow disease/dysplasia

  • Hip dysplasia, replacement or femoral head removal

  • Spinal conditions and paralysis

  • Fractures

  • Neurological conditions

  • Soft tissue sprains, strains and tears

  • Wounds

  • Amputation

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What to expect from a Veterinary Physiotherapy appointment

A thorough musculoskeletal assessment will be carried out during the initial appointment. This includes assessing stance, walk and a head to toe hands on assessment. Following the assessment goals will be set and an individualised tailored treatment program formulated. 
The initial appointment will take 60-90 minutes, repeat appointments will take up to 60 minutes depending on the treatments required and patient size.

Static Assessment

  • Confirmation

  • Posture

  • Limb placement and weight distribution

  • Overall condition

Dynamic Assessment

  • Walk, trot, circles, walking backward and sit to stands as required

  • Lameness

  • Gait pattern

  • Active joint movement

  • Coordination and balance

Palpation and Joint Assessment

  • Entire body palpation

  • Muscle mass and tone

  • Joint range of motion

  • Neurological assessment 

  • Identify areas of pain

Treatment

  • Manual therapies

  • Electrotherapy's

  • Underwater treadmill referral 

  • Remedial Exercise Prescription

  • Home exercise plan

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Signs your dog may benefit from Physiotherapy

•  Abnormal sitting or lying posture
• Circling multiple times before lying down
• Restlessness
• Whining, groaning or other vocalisations
• Limping
• Difficulty getting up, lying down or sitting
• Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
• Lack of grooming
• Licking or biting area, which may have caused staining of the fur
•Tripping 
•  Lack of appetite
• Stiffness
• Heat or swelling around joints
• Muscle wastage or asymmetries
• Reluctant to exercise

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Proprioceptive mats which have different textures underfoot to stimulate the nervous system while engaging and improving patients body awareness

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Wide variety of electrotherapies available

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Wide variety of rehabilitation and training equipment for all sizes